Right now we're working on the door and figuring out the proper dimensions for the pieces that affix to it. Specifically the giant piano hinge that holds the door on. Our intentions is to have the door and everything else made out of aluminum. In order for that to happen we need to make sure our measurements are right. We took a trip to the big box hardware store to pick up some supplies for a mock hinge.
We cut the outer pieces of the hinge to the size we felt comfortable with and added a fake weld to them.
After letting the crap we used to cure for 72 hours, we cut a dowel rod to size and sanded it enough to fit into the hinge pieces.
Then we cut out some pieces of aluminum and used an epoxy putty to attach them to the inner hinge pieces.
It worked perfectly and now we have our measurements. Time to have this made out of aluminum.
The flat aluminum pieces will not being attached to the unit as its shown in the picture. They are going inside of the door and mounted flat behind the trap housing. They will be countersunk as well. Also like I stated before, this is only a temporary mockup and don't recommend doing this for a permanent hinge. I doubt this method will hold up any weight from the door. Refrain from going this route if you're referencing this thread to make your own ECU.
Next, we will be working on the handle frame. We figured out that it's simply a wooden frame with a jack plate over it. One of these:
That will be covered in our next update but not sure when that will be. We've been sort of occupied with our Ecto build and saving up for a trip in June. We are winding down on the part collecting and the car is ready to be purchased. However, we aren't going to jump the gun on getting the car until after those last parts are in hand. All we need now are the four Dietz 9-51 lights and the Federal siren. After that its off to the dealership to buy a Flex!
One last thing, the 3D file for the red knob is getting re-designed. It's looking pretty!
That's all I have for you guys now. Until next time...